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A businessman who was jailed for permanently injuring an intruder who attacked him and his family has been freed by the Court of Appeal.
Munir Hussain 53, was sentenced to 30 months for grievous bodily harm with intent after he hit Walid Salem with a cricket bat in 2008.
Originally posted by TheLoneArcher
In my opinion, this man should never have been jailed in the first place.
The authorities say that if you have an intruder, you must remain calm and call the police.
If my family is under threat, you had better believe that I am going to get violent.
Do you think that a citizen has the right to use physical force in order to protect his home and family from attack?
Opinions please. Do you think that a citizen has the right to use physical force in order to protect his home and family from attack?
Originally posted by unicorn1
He wasn't exactly 'defending' himself though was he. Basically he and his brother chased after one of the intruders and beat the crap out of him in the street. According to one account, a passer by pleaded with him to stop. They broke the cricket bat in 3 places while they were smashing his head in.
I think you'll find that is what is called 'mob justice' or 'taking the law into your own hands'.
Unless we think vigilante-ism is a good thing, it's actually in our interests for this sort of thing to be stamped on.
That said, I can see that it's tempting to take matters into your own hands, as our justice system in the UK is so pathetic. Plus his adrenaline must have been on overdrive. I'm sure this would have been the case for the Defence and it's probably why his brother is still in prison.
So - glad he was released. But with reservations.
[edit on 20-1-2010 by unicorn1]